When a traveling bard stumbles into a dragon's den, he is forced to tell stories to the fire-breathing menace or end up being eaten. Eventually running out of tales to share, he makes a deal with the dragon: for his freedom, he will return with new sagas of adventure, romance, and bravery.
Tales of the Dragon's Bard is the story of one man's quest to collect the most exciting stories he possibly can, and Eventide is the first town he encounters. With wish-women, gnomes, a centaur farmer, a resident Gossip Fairy, and a blacksmith dwarf, those living in Eventide have enough going on to keep the Dragon's Bard busy collecting—especially if he can liven up those adventures a bit with his own ridiculous plots.
Unabridged audio book
|Audiobook Narrator||Simon Vance|
Already being a fan of Mr. Hickman's work since my childhood (especially his collaborations with Ms. Weis) I was excited to see a new (to me) series from him with Shadow Mountain.
Despite my initial enthusiasm, I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book at first. It seemed a little slow moving, especially compared with Mr. Hickman's other works. I appreciated the understated humor, but it took me about a third of the way through to really get the book. This is a brilliantly written, charachter-driven fantasy novel. It is alternately touching and light-hearted, and I loved it. I don't hesitate to say this is one of my favorite fantasy novels ever.
Trying not to spoil the plot, it doesn't rely on dramatic or epic events to drive its story. Just the quiet, humorous development of its characters and events that revolve around the cast (instead of the other way around) who just happen to inhabit a Tolkienian universe (but are so relatable, they could be much nearer). And it has heart! This book touched me more so than any non-religious book in recent memory. I should also say Simon Vance is the perfect narrator for this book. He does a great job with the voices and accents and really brings the book to life.
In short I highly recommend this book. Mr. And Mrs. Hickman have created something truly beautiful and inspiring. A subtle masterpiece! I sincerely hope they will continue to add to this series.
This story is delightful! Wonderful mastery of language pairs with a fun and enchanted storyline. I felt the experience was made even better by listening to the audio version. The reader is excellent!
As to NOT be eaten the story-teller entertains the dragon with wonderful stories.
Needing more stories to share the Bard goes into the town of Eventide to record their stories.
Along the way you will meet trolls and gossiping faires, and gnomes, etc.
Of course the tale wouldn't be worth telling if it didn't have "matters-of-the-heart!"
If you love fantasy... you will LOVE this book!
This is a delightful beginning to what promises to be a fun, twist-filled series about a dragon bard's journey from town to town collecting (or rather creating) stories to save himself from a dragon. Eventide is a great town to start with. the characters are a ragtag and amusing bunch that you find yourself cheering for despite their occasional ridiculousness. The plot is full of surprises and somehow the disconnectedness of the sections seems to fit just right with the quirkiness of the town. Looking forward to the next town/book.
Author Tracy Hickman brings us a fun work of fiction in his new book, Eventide-Tales of the Dragon's Bard. A fantasy story following the adventures of Edvard the Just and his unlikely apprentice Abel as they travel the country-side in search of exciting stories to share with the mighty, man-devouring dragon, Khrag. Passing through Eventide, Edvard is certain he has found his next greatest story in the awkward Jarod Klum and the lovely daughter of the High-Wish Woman, Caprice Morgan. As the bard sets the scene and arranges his cast of characters - the scene is set for his next greatest story...
Fantasy is not my favorite genre and I did find this a bit difficult to read as it is written with an "olde English" kind of style dotted throughout and it started a bit slow BUT I did enjoy following the sweet romance between Jarod and Caprice once the story got going.